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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

#DesignerSpotlight Mattioli to Basel and Back... “Les Epoques” #DailyJewel

“Les Epoques” Capsule Collection 
A Journey Through the Twenties, Forties and Sixties

Licia Mattioli expresses her love of culture and art by revisiting the past and bringing to life the capsule collection Les Epoques: three rings in the style respectively of the twenties, the forties and the sixties.  A ceaseless progression, a natural evolution of the journey between art and time typical of the world of Mattioli and its collections. 
For Les Epoques,  Designer, Licia Mattioli developed tangible entities to express of her love of art and culture. Representative of three design-driven decades, the 20's, 40's and 60's, the capsule collection includes a ring indicative of the style of each period.  For example, the Puzzle range and its glimpse of Mondrian’s colour blocks, or the Nuvole models that evoked the unforgettable canvases of René Magritte. But also in the enameled forms of Lips, an homage to Mae West’s famous mouth, immortalized by Salvador Dalì, and the ring Arcimboldo: a trait d' union between past genius and contemporary vitality.  

The capsule collection of three rings, Les Epoques, begins with the twenties swirls of a disquieting Art Nouveau style, springing from an intricate frame of pink gold, with a boldly opulent aquamarine perfectly symbolizing a period dedicated to naturalism and Rococò entanglements.

Then comes the rational minimalism of a linear gold setting, which highlights the burning embers of a Rhodolite Garnet igniting with pure voluptuousness belying the severe style of the forties architecture.   

Finally, the spirit of new times and the colorful fun of the sixties, in a continual chase of vitamin shapes and hues. Precisely the years that, on the last ring by Mattioli, return to the soft confectionery shade of a Morganite set in shiny enamels, coordinated in the sweet tints of cotton candy, pale blueberries and lilac, in a triumph of vitality in pop tones.  


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Brenda Smith Working Up Designs For Smithsonian's Tennessee River Pearl Collection

Smithsonian Jewelry Project
with Natural Freshwater Pearls
from the Tennessee River

Brenda Smith, The Fine Art of Jewelry chosen to create jewelry  
for the 
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. 

Pictured - all natural, freshwater
pearls from the Tennessee River.

Below is Brenda with Gina Latendresse, from the American Pearl Co, choosing pearls for the project. The American Pearl Co. was founded by her father, John Latendresse, pioneer and doyen of pearl culturing in the US. 

#DesignerSpotlight Introducing E. Shaw Jewels #DailyJewel

Recently...on the opposite end of the country there was a Press Preview 
for E. Shaw Jewels...I just wanted to make sure that my DJ readers are informed
even though it is a bit of a trek to get to events in NYC!

E.Shaw Jewels. Designed by mother-daughter duo, Eva and Elizabeth Shaw, is precious gemstone, one-of-a-kind jewelry handcrafted in New York City. 

Eva and Elizabeth create thoughtful, precious and uniquely meaningful jewelry designs steeped in the tradition of adornment. 

E.Shaw Jewels has a variety of gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in elegant and modern styles sold at their boutique in Soho (107 Sullivan Street) and online at

Their "lifestyle" shots are fabulous and will appeal to so many working women....

One of my FAVORITES....this bracelet from their Bridal Collection. 
The PERFECT Gift to the Bride on her Wedding Day 

Sapphire & Pearls with a Cameo - handknotted on silk
...and you can assure that she remembers her "Something Blue"!


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